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Dive Review of Divencounters in
Galapagos Islands

September, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Harvey S. Cohen, NJ, US
Contributor   (14 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6340
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Eilat/Taba, Palau, Coral Sea, New Jersey,  
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
59   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
16 divers divided into 2 pangas. Divers in a panga had to stay in a loose
group with guide, due to strong currents.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
Govt. limits dives to three per day. Govt. permits no land excursions once
the voyage starts, but we had an excellent excursion to see giant tortoises
and other fauna & flora before embarking. Govt. requires an official
naturalist/guide on all dives and excursions; ours was fabulous. Viz was
only fair, but we saw a dizzying assortment of big and/or exotic fauna,
including a pod of orcas up close, squadrons of eagle rays, schools of
hammerheads, mantas, mobula rays, some 40 or 50 sea turtles bunched
together in the shallows, a flightless cormorant hunting underwater,
baitballs 30 feet in diameter, etc.
Bring 2 pairs of reef gloves. Divers spend a lot of time hanging on to
rocks in current, and rocks are covered with razor-sharp barnacles. Bring a
good SMB and know how to use it! Also air horn and mirror.
Dive operator gives *one* rescue radio to each *buddy team*, not to each
Entire crew was incredibly efficient, helpful, friendly, skillful. Boat
very comfortable and in excellent condition. Food and wine excellent.
Seas can be high, and passages rough. Bring seasickness medicine that you
know works for you.
It's very easy to move from boat to panga and back, because crew helps so
effectively. But current and surge under water require some skill and
strength, and boarding panga from water-- especially in high seas-- can be
challenging. (That said, our 3 oldest divers were 70, 69, and 64).
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